At the bottom on the left is an alphabetical list of the pages in this web site, to help you navigate if you feel so inclined.
A guide to our family photo album covering 1994-2010, showing the principal themes, is here.
A year by year guide to our family time-line from 1994 through 2007 is here.
A photo journal beginning in 2008 is here.
The most recent pages of the album, copies of posts from my WordPress family blog, http://ianstock.wordpress.com/, are linked here:
http://www.zinzins.net/disneyland_weekend_2011.htm, http://www.zinzins.net/peace_train.htm, http://www.zinzins.net/manutd_v_barca.htm, http://www.zinzins.net/xmas_&_alex_birthday.htm.
Again, no annual update for friends and family this year. It's hard to remember why, but perhaps it felt as if we were chugging along at a regular pace with not a lot new to say. We don't want to bore our friends and family with the same old blah blah blah! Plus, we had a family portrait taken in December and sent that in our Holiday cards. The photo is here.
So we'll run though this year with a collection of photos of what was happening and where we went.
First, soccer was happening throughout the year, and here are Charlie and Alban with their trophies from the indoor season that started the year. There's a whole page of pictures of 2003's soccer!
Our first major trip of the year was to Vancouver BC, where Ian's boyhood friend David Sandles, another expatriate Brit, was turning 50. We explored Vancouver, which is a beautiful and fascinating city, bicycled through Stanley Park, and drove up to Whistler for a day's skiing. A few months after the visit, Whistler was selected to host the 2010 Winter Olympics.
On the right is a surprisingly fragile looking pedestrian suspension bridge that we visited. Charlie can be seen peeking through between Daphné and Ian.
Back home, below left is our breakfast nook, dressed up for Saint Valentine's Day.
Below left again is a car that Tom designed and built, with a little help from his brother Nick, for a school project.
The big change in the year was in Ian's work, but it was a change that had repercussions in the family as well, because it involved his commuting to Southern California every week and back home every weekend.
At the end of June, he became VP and General Counsel to a newly-public company, and moved into an apartment in Irvine for the working week. The apartment, in a complex called Villa Siena, was a delight, and over the course of the year hosted several weekend visits from various groups of family members.
On the right is a panoramic shot of Villa Siena's central swimming pool (the complex had other pools: the Irvine Company does not do things by halves!), with Alex paddling and Charlie and papa watching. Between the pools, jacuzzis and the Club, with its pool table and big screen TV, there was something for everyone.
Irvine also has the distinct advantage of being less than 20 minutes from Disneyland in Anaheim! Below left are Daphné and Alex on a fall evening at Disney.
Summer vacation was spent, no surprise here, between La Grée in Brittany and Marlow in Britain. We all flew from San Francisco, the big kids to Paris to visit their respective other parents, and the parents with the little guys to London. Below is a shot of Nick, Tom and Charlie inside the Hummer limo that took us to San Francisco Airport. This was cool! Check out the reflective ceiling!
The year had other highlights: Courtney Bolin and Antony Nash finally tied the knot, after many years thinking about doing so.
We finally sold the GMC Suburban that had carried the eight of us and luggage with relative ease, but which did eat gas with reckless abandon. Marie-Hélène's car became a Volvo V70 wagon. It could carry seven, including two little ones in a rear-facing seat in the trunk, but with a five cylinder engine used a lot less gas.
Alex started at Happy Valley School on the day before Charlie's birthday, and began violin lessons soon after. Maman finally had a little free time, before shuttling her charges from soccer practice to soccer practice.
Finally, a cute little gesture: the children filmed themselves in the mirror signing good wishes to their dad on father's day. This still photo is taken from the video camera. Thanks!!
Here is is our carousel of time, and here are other annual updates:
Listing of Pages in the Site
. . . with Alban